If you’ve got a smartphone or a tablet you may well have considered using it to watch videos. Whether you have ripped videos of your own or acquired them through other channels, the chances are that they are at a resolution that is not optimized for your particular device.
Add to this the fact that videos can be supplied on one of an almost endless number of formats, the scope for something to go wrong or just not look quite right is increased. The aptly named Miro Video Converter can take care of all of this for you.
This free tool is a quick and easy video conversion tool that can be used convert video files into formats and resolutions that are perfectly suited for a wide range of different device. Whether you have an iPad, a Galaxy SIII or something more obscure, this tool will get you up and running in now time.
You can grab your free copy of the app from the program web site – you’ll be encouraged into making a donation and while this is a great way to support development of the program, there’s no obligation to do so. Installing the app means having to avoid the installation of the AVG Security Toolbar – just click No Thanks to avoid it.
Getting a video into the app can be achieved in one of two ways; you can either click the Choose Files link and browse to the file you want to work with, or you can drag a video file onto the program window. There is support for a wide range of formats including AVI, WMV, H264 and MKV, so unless you are looking to work with something particularly exotic, you shouldn’t encounter any problems.
One of the great things about Miro Video Converter is the fact that it can be used to convert multiple files between formats in one fell swoop. You can add multiple files to the conversion queue rather than having to deal with them one at a time.
Miro Video Converter includes built in templates for a number of different devices and these are a great way to save time if you happen to own one of them. Towards the bottom of the program window, click the Apple, Android or Other button and then choose the exact device you are converting for from the menu or sub-menu that appears.
When you have made your selection, all you need to do is hit the green ‘Convert to x’ button and then sit back and wait while the hard work is done for you. Of course, it may well be that you do not own one of the devices for which there are templates, or you may want to convert video to be used in other ways. If this is the case, you should turn to the Format button where you have the option of customizing things further.
If you have decided to use the Format menu to choose how your video file should be converted, you’ll probably also want to take a look at the rest of the available options. Click the cog button to the far right of the window and you can access a number of custom format settings.
To specify your own video resolution – which is a good idea if you want to take greater control over the size of the finished product – click the Custom Size box to the left hand side of the bottom portion of the window. You can then use the Width and Height fields to indicate the resolution you’d like to use. This can result in video being squashed or stretched, so you will probably want to ensure that the aspect ratio is correctly set.
Tick the Custom Aspect Ration box to the right and then choose from one of the three options – 4:3, 3:2 or 16:19. When you’re happy with the settings you’ve chosen, click the cog button again to hide the configuration section of the interface and then click the ‘Convert to Custom’ button.
That’s pretty much all there is to the program. This may not be the most feature-packed video conversion tool available, but it is certainly the tool that gets the job done with the least effort.
What are your preferences when it comes to converting videos? Are you a fan of tools that keep things simple like Miro Video Converter, or are you looking for something that gives you more options and greater control over the conversion process. Let us know your thoughts and share your favorite apps in the comments below.